CC 410356 RT
                                  STATE OF NEW YORK
                      DIVISION OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY RENEWAL
                            OFFICE OF RENT ADMINISTRATION
                                     GERTZ PLAZA
                               92-31 UNION HALL STREET
                             JAMAICA, NEW YORK    11433



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          IN THE MATTER OF THE ADMINISTRATIVE    ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW
          APPEAL OF                              DOCKET NO.:  CC 410356 RT
                                                  
                      JOAN LUCAS,
                                                 D.R.O. DOCKET NO.: ZAJ-410572-R

                                PETITIONER
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            ORDER AND OPINION DENYING PETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW


          On March 7, 1988,  the  above  named  petitioner-tenant  filed  a
          Petition for Administrative Review against  an  order  issued  on
          February 1, 1988, by the District Rent Administrator, 92-31 Union 
          Hall Street, Jamaica, New York, concerning housing accommodations 
          known as Apartment 907, 155 West 68th Street, New York.

          The  issue  in  this  appeal  is  whether   the   District   Rent
          Administrator's order was warranted.

          The applicable section of the law is Section 2521.2 of  the  Rent
          Stabilization Code.

          The Commissioner has reviewed all of the evidence in  the  record
          and has carefully considered that portion of the record  relevant
          to the issue raised by the administrative appeal.

          This proceeding  was  commenced  on  October  27,  1986,  by  the
          tenant's filing of a rent overcharge complaint.

          In Docket  Number  ZAJ-410572-R  issued  February  1,  1988,  the
          District Rent Administrator terminated the  proceeding  based  on
          the fact that the  tenant  had  previously  filed  an  overcharge
          complaint under Docket Number L-001434-R  which  was  decided  on
          December 16, 1986.


          In this petition, the  tenant  contends  in  substance  that  the
          District Rent Administrator's order is incorrect  and  should  be
          reversed because every  other  tenant  of  the  subject  building
          received a rent overcharge check, but she did not.

          The owner did not file an answer to the tenant's petition.

          The Commissioner is of the opinion that this petition  should  be
          denied.







          CC 410356 RT
          In the order which is the subject  of  the  instant  appeal,  the
          Administrator relied on and  was  bound  by  the  Administrator's
          prior order issued on December 16, 1986 und r  Docket  Number  L-
          001434-R, which found  that  no  overcharge  had  occurred.   The
          failure of the tenant to appeal that  prior  order  in  a  timely
          manner   rendered   final   and   binding   the   Administrator's
          determination on the merits which cannot be subject to collateral 
          attack in this proceeding.  Accordingly,  the  tenant's  argument
          will not be considered as it is barred by the principles  of  res
          judicata and collateral estoppel.

          Moreover, assuming arguendo that the tenant's petition  could  be
          considered on the merits, the Commissioner finds that the  tenant
          has not been overcharged.  The record indicates that  the  tenant
          failed to file  a  timely  objection  to  the  initial  apartment
          registration, and that therefore, the registered rent of  $440.00
          became the initial legal regulated rent.  The Commissioner  notes
          that at the time of her complaint, the tenant was still paying  a
          monthly rent of $440.00.

          Thus no overcharge occurred.

          THEREFORE, in accordance with  the  Rent  Stabilization  Law  and
          Code, it is

          ORDERED, that this petition be, and the same hereby  is,  denied,
          and that the District Rent Administrator's order be, and the same 
          hereby is, affirmed.



          ISSUED:



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                                                  ELLIOT SANDER
                                                  Deputy Commissioner
           
             
    

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